Wanderlust and Lipstick: For Women Traveling to India
The definitive guide to help any woman traveling to India, this resource includes practical advice on understanding the culture and dressing appropriately, tips on keeping personal belongings safe, recommendations on dealing with the immense poverty, and suggestions on where to stay and how to get around. It also includes listings for more than 60 essential websites, a glossary of Hindi words, and advice from more than 35 women who have traveled abroad.
Horrible. So much wrong and useless information.
By Kristy - July 17, 2011
I could probably spend hours writing a review on how horrible this book is, but I really don't want to waste any more time on this book than I already have. As a warning to others, I will still at least enter some basic details on why you should not buy this book, as I am astonished by the number of good reviews.
Let me back up a minute and let you know a little bit about me to see if you think my review will have any interest. I am a Caucasian female in my late 30's from the USA who has traveled from Argentina to Sweden (where I have relatives.) My husband is from India and I have traveled there twice to various areas including Delhi, Kolkata (Calcutta), Agra, Jamshedpur, and the Srinagar/Kashmir area. In general - various points of the upper half. Our friendship and family circle include people that live or or have lived all throughout India.
This brings me to my first and most important point: the author of this book makes the most offensive and continuous... read more
If you are traveling to India, you need this book
By Barbara Ann Weibel - January 24, 2009
Just saying the word India conjures up images of the Taj Mahal in the soft light of dawn, camels trekking across deserts, worshipers bathing in the sacred Ganges, mountains of spices in marketplace stalls, and women wrapped in luscious silk saris. But India also means being exposed to filth, poverty, masses of humanity, beggars on the streets, incessant touts, and bouts of "Delhi Belly." Having been to India, my best advice is for travelers to be thoroughly prepared before going so that the culture shock will be minimized.
In my opinion, Whitman nails the India experience in her book, "Wanderlust and Lipstick: For Women Traveling to India." She thoroughly covers taboos such as: never eat with your left hand (this is the hand Indians use to clean themselves after using the bathroom), never pat someone on the head (it's considered rude), never allow your feet to touch someone (feet are considered dirty), never curl your finger in a "come here" gesture (this is considered... read more
Great introduction to India !
By Happy traveler - March 2, 2009
This is an invaluable book for any traveler to India, not just women. With all its practical advice about safe travel in a non-Western country like India, it will give you the confidence to travel independently. It's an enjoyable book that reads more like a novel than a guidebook, with a number of personal traveler stories that illustrate various aspects of Indian culture.
As I prepare for my 1st visit, I'm getting to know India by reading the books and watching the movies recommended. This book has a wealth of information: what to pack and wear, how to obtain a visa, tips about train travel, Indian customs, and much more. Especially helpful are all the website references for further information.
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